Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine and pediatrics that deals with the function and care of the kidneys—the two all-important bean-shaped organs located in your lower back. Kidneys play an essential role in removing bodily wastes, balancing chemicals, controlling blood pressure and keeping bones healthy.

Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means your kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood as they should. This can cause wastes to build up in your body and lead to other serious health concerns. Two-thirds of all cases of CKD are caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Some infections, inherited diseases and injuries can also lead to kidney disease.

Treatment for chronic kidney disease may include medication to lower blood pressure, control blood glucose and lower blood cholesterol. If kidney disease leads to kidney failure, the only treatment options are dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Advanced Kidney Care by Experienced Specialists

The kidney specialists affiliated with LewisGale Regional Health System provide comprehensive care for the prevention and treatment chronic kidney disease. Services include:

  • Kidney disease screening and diagnosis
  • Diabetes counseling and nutrition services
  • Inpatient kidney dialysis
  • Dialysis graft declotting

Maintaining Your Kidney Health

Early detection and lifestyle changes can prevent kidney disease and kidney failure. To help keep your kidneys healthy:

  • Choose low-sodium foods.
  • Keep your blood pressure below 130/80.
  • If you’re diabetic, keep your blood sucrose in the target range.

Learn more about kidney disease, including dialysis and kidney transplantation, from the Kidney Disease Center at our online Health Library.

Get related information on diabetes care at LewisGale.